Dining Room, Elise Sandes Soldiers Home, Curragh Camp
Following on from yesterday's photo of soldiers in the Reading Room at the Elise Sandes Soldiers Home ( nlireland/6678007009/in/photostream/ ) at the Curragh Camp in Kildare, this photo is of the Dining Room...Thanks to macabee2012 for the following:."This is the dining room of Miss Sandes Soldiers Home in the Curragh - one of over thirty such Homes attached to army locations all over Ireland, Founded by Elise Sandes of Tralee, Co Kerry, this network of Soldiers Homes was an evangelical missionary movement designed mainly to keep young soldiers out of the pubs and provide recreational facilities - as well as a bit of religion. The first Home was in Cork and later ones were in Queesntown (Cobh), Belfast, Parkgates Dublin, Ballykinler, Derry, among other towns; there were eight Homes in India in places such as Rawal Pindi, Quetta and Lucknow..See History Ireland, vol. 13, issue 4, July/August 2005 ( http://www.historyireland.com/volumes/volume13/issue4/news/?id=113859 ) ..."..This photo incidentally provides invaluable information about what the soldiers were eating at the time for their supper, and how much they were paying for their grub. A blackboard behind the counter lists dishes and prices. We're assuming the cost was in pennies rather than shillings. Here they are (those that were possible to read):..Eggs & Bacon 3.Two Eggs 4/5?.Bacon & Tomatoes 4.Bacon & Onions 3.Bacon & Chips 3.Rissoles & Chips 3.Rissoles & Onions 3..Desserts.Apple Tart & Custard 2.Treacle & Custard or Rice 1.Blancmange & Jelly 2.Rice Pudding 1..Gorgeous account in from scooter2017 of this Dining Room in the 1960s:."You could add another 50 years to this 1916 photo and little had changed. The long benches and tables were still the same. They did add a jukebox in the early 60s. It was in front of the pillar where that first soldier is standing. A record could be played for 3d...Date: Sunday, 16 July 1916..NLI Ref.: EAS_2486 ( http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/EAS_2485 )
Lucknow is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city has a long and rich history, having been founded in the late 18th century as the capital of the princely state of Awadh. It was a center of cultural and artistic excellence, and became known for its cuisine, poetry, and music. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Lucknow was a major center of the Indian independence movement, and it played a key role in the country's struggle for independence from British rule. There are a few theories about the origins of the name "Lucknow." One theory is that the name is derived from the Sanskrit word "lakshmana," which means "marksmanship." Another theory is that the name is derived from the Hindi word "lakshman," which means "having the qualities of a hero." It is also possible that the name is derived from the Urdu word "lakhnau," which means "fort of Lakhna," where Lakhna was the name of the chieftain who founded the city. Ultimately, the exact etymology of the name "Lucknow" is not certain. Lucknow played a significant role in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, also known as the Indian Mutiny or the First War of Independence. The rebellion was a major uprising against British rule in India, and it was sparked by a number of grievances, including the annexation of Awadh (the princely state of which Lucknow was the capital) by the British East India Company. During the rebellion, the city of Lucknow was the site of several significant battles and sieges. The most famous of these was the Siege of Lucknow, which took place in 1857 and was a major turning point in the rebellion. The rebellion was eventually put down by the British, but it had a lasting impact on India's struggle for independence and is considered a major event in Indian history.